At the annual Organizational Meeting of the Board, trustees re-acclaimed Mario Pascucci (R) as chair and elected Sharon Hobin (L) as vice chair.
Director of Education, John Kostoff, was recently recognized by the University of Toronto, Mississauga for his service as a member of the Principal’s Advisory Council. This council was responsible for post-secondary education in our community. John’s role on the Council was to advance concerns regarding the transition from secondary school to university and for the need for a strong vibrant university in our community.
At the November 26 Board meeting, trustees unanimously approved the naming of the new athletic field at Cardinal Leger Secondary School in Brampton after former Premier William G. (Bill) Davis. Mr. Davis is seen above with Chair Mario Pascucci (L) and Director of Education John Kostoff accepting the Board’s Catholic Award of Merit in 2009.
On November 21, Iona Catholic Secondary School’s bullying awareness committee known as S.T.O.P. (Students Against Prejudice Everywhere) invited their peers to show their commitment to stamping out bullying by adding their handprint to a red banner that will hang in the main foyer for the remainder of the school year.
On November 14, students at St. Monica School participated in a Speed Stacking competition – helping to set the Guinness World Record of "Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day"! All over the world schools took part in this event. This year over 500,000 people took part in breaking the record.
The St. Marguerite d’Youville Secondary School community raised $15,000 this year through their Feast Day celebration which included a pilgrimage to the d’Youville parish, followed by a barbeque.
On November 1, the St. Martin Secondary School Drumline team was invited to be a part of the opening ceremonies at the 2013 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. To add to such an exciting day, Premier, Kathleen Wynne invited the St. Martin Drumline to take part in the debut of the “aMAZEing Food Journey” exhibit.
On November 8, St. Angela Merici School was honoured to sing O’Canada at one of the inaugural hockey games for the Brampton Beasts. Over two hundred parents, students and staff, enthusiastically came out to the POWERADE Centre to cheer on Brampton’s first professional hockey team.
On November 8, WWII Veteran, Andrew Irvin, a member of the Royal Canadian Navy, spoke to students at St. Catherine of Siena School in Mississauga.
The St. Marcellinus Secondary School Drumline, under the guidance of teacher Alexandra Zullo, performed as part of the Toronto Raptors’ opening ceremonies at the Air Canada Centre on October 30.
On October 30, Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools celebrated Child Care Workers and Early Childhood Educators Appreciation Day. Principal Fred Albi (left) from St. Josephine Bakhita School in Brampton recognized his six Designated Early Childhood Educators for their dedication and hard work in the school’s Full-Day Kindergarten classrooms.
On October 22, Dufferin-Peel graduate and newly ordained priest, Father Joshua Roldan (right), joined Priest in Residence Father Jim Roth (left), as guest presider for the weekly mass at the Catholic Education Centre. Father Roldan graduated from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School and was ordained last May. He is currently stationed at St. Francis Xavier parish.
On October 17, a group of students from Cardinal Leger Secondary School took part in a virtual chat with the Premier of Ontario. The focus of the ‘chat’ was to discuss their career paths and the new Youth Jobs Strategy.
On October 16, DPCDSB graduate and actress Mishael Morgan visited her alma mater St. Edmund Elementary School in Mississauga. Mishael reminisced with former St. Edmund principal Steve Palmateer and current principal Anna Maltby about catching the acting bug in the school’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat". Mishael went on to graduate from St. Paul Secondary School and is currently playing the role of Hilary on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.
On September 26, students and staff at St. Andrew School in Orangeville had an opportunity to remember Terry Fox and his courageous fight against cancer by participating in a walk/run/rollerblade and donating a ‘Toonie for Terry’.
On September 29, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board launched its 2013 United Way Campaign with one of its most popular United Way fundraisers, the annual Wilf Hartzenberg Walk/Run/Roll event. Over 300 Dufferin-Peel staff, family members and friends participated in the event.
At the September 24 Board Meeting, trustees and staff participated in a Smudging Ceremony conducted by Larry McLeod, Anishinabe Elder, North Bay and Nancy Rowe-Henry, Traditional Practitioner, Mississaugas of the New Credit.
At its September 9 Administration and Finance Committee Meeting, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board officially swore in its two new student trustees for the 2013-14 school year. Matthew MacNeil, a Grade 12 student at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Brampton will represent students in the northern region of our district. Natasha Lizzi, a Grade 12 student at Iona Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga will represent students in the southern region.
One of the ways that the school community at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Mississauga recognizes World Teachers’ Day (Oct. 5) is through the presentation of embroidered cloths and wash basins to teachers during their annual Teacher Commissioning ceremony, as part of the school’s Opening Mass.
On September 19, Number 1 NBA Draft Pick and Brampton native Anthony Bennett (Cleveland Cavaliers forward) visited St. Josphine Bakhita School in Brampton. Addressing students in Grades 2-8, Bennett highlighted the importance of showing commitment and following your dreams.
On September 3, Dufferin-Peel opened the doors to two new elementary schools in Brampton. Students and parents participated in the official ribbon cutting ceremony at St. Andre Bessette Elementary School located at 25 Riverstone Drive in Brampton.